Our School of Congregational Development harnesses the potential of community organising, when rooted in theological reflection and prayer, to strengthen and renew inner-city churches.

We have identified seven hallmarks of an ‘organised church’ – and we are using Learning Communities (see picture) to develop congregations in a growing range of denominations and contexts, including

– our Church of England programme focused on Harnessing the Potential of Community Organising for Congregational Growth. After a successful pilot project in east London, this is now being rolled out in other parts of the country with a focus on children, young people and families.

– the Three Rivers Project, connecting community organising, Synodality and Catholic Social Teaching. Our interim report has just been published, the Plater Trust is funding a pilot project in Forest Gate – and we hope to launch a wider Learning Community later in the year.

the William Seymour Project focused on Pentecostal congregations. Buxton intern Mariam Kizza reflects on this work in her blog “Joining voices, building power”.




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